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Poster: xtifr Date: Apr 13, 2009 12:27am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: FTP read-access is going away

But it only matches substrings, so, for example, "*.flac" will get you every file with ".flac" anywhere in the name, not just those that end with .flac. (You can get around this with regular expressions, but it's much more complicated and arcane).

Furthermore, DTA uses a graphical user interface, which makes it rather inconvenient for the vision-impaired, or for those trying to download to remote machines (something I do frequently). This is also why it won't run under GNU Screen, which is a major inconvenience for those of us who have shared computers (i.e. people with a family).

Furthermore, DTA requires Firefox, and many people prefer Opera or Safari or Epiphany or Konqueror or Chrome (I won't mention the one with the blue "e" because anyone who prefers that deserves to suffer).

I understand that FTP can be a bit of a pain to administer (although in my experience, it's the uploads that are the real pain, and a download FTP service is relatively straightforward), but I still feel like I'm being punished for being technically competent and smart. That's why I stopped using Microsoft products, but unfortunately, the Archive doesn't have any decent alternatives, unlike MS. :(

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Poster: deadhead_1971 Date: Apr 24, 2009 9:36am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: FTP read-access is going away

I also agree that the lack of ftp support is a major step backward. Allowing HTTP transfers is a good option form many who don't even know what FTP is, but it could have been implimneted as another option and not the only option. Someone without a FTP client on their pc would not simply donwload that way, with other users that might prefer FTP having both options.

Nothwithstanding your comment about maintaining the seperate FTP, it is of course you call as to whether you should provide both. I understand fully the complexity of maintaing a large network and you site is certainly falls into that realm.

I beleive the majority of your users are probably more technical than the average www visitor and that as time goes on you will get more complaints about the lack of ftp support.

Of course no matter what you decide to do, the site is absoluety GREAT ! !

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Poster: FaceOnMars Date: May 17, 2009 11:03am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: FTP read-access is going away

I would simply like to concur: removing FTP is a MAJOR step backwards.